He was the youngest rapper signed to Cash Money Records. He’s been credited with coining the term “bling bling.” In 2012, he passed Elvis Presley’s entries on the Billboard Hot 100, and in 2018, he finally gave the world Tha Carter V. He is Lil Wayne, self-proclaimed “best rapper alive,” and most would say he earns his place among the top tier.
The New Orleans native made Miami his home after the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina. Miami, of course, is a hotbed for dance music. Wayne himself has been known to mess around with cross-genre work, mostly dabbling in rock ‘n’ roll, but that doesn’t mean electronic producers haven’t given his biggest hits some serious spins. He’s also been known to mess around and drop a sick slow song, and some of YouTube’s finest cover artists have given those some pretty slick reinterpretations.
Today, we recount our favorite remixes and covers of Lil Wayne’s most beloved songs.
Lil Wayne – “How to Love” (Demi Lovato Cover)
The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer brings a new kind of vulnerability to the performance of this 2011 hit, originally debuted on Tha Carter IV. It’s one of Wayne’s most tender moments, and Lovato holds her own on the hottest bars. It is a Wayne song, after all.
Lil Wayne – “6 Foot 7 Foot” (Y2K Remix)
Another super bangin’ beat so dope, you have to pay your respects. Y2K doesn’t do too much to mess with what’s already clearly a best of (and also another from Bangladesh), but he does add some super cinematic guitar that Wayne could probably skate to. Call it an eight-footer, we’re reaching new peaks to this one.
Lil Wayne – “How To Love” (Megan Nicole Cover)
Wayne is a real street dude, but his lyrics speak to people of all walks of life, and nothing speaks to that universal quality like Megan Nicole sweetly-singing “How To Love.” Some simple acoustic guitar and hand claps bring this one to life, and Nicole gives the song her own Spanish twist before it’s all said and done.
Lil Wayne – “A Milli” (K Theory Remix)
If you really wanna test someone’s rap prowess, ask them to rap along to this 2008 smasher. Its iconic beat was originally produced by Bangladesh, but this version from K Theory sees the drums amped to new heights, still the perfect backbone to Wayne’s indisputably “ill” cadence. Good luck to your speakers.
Lil Wayne – “Lollipop” (Framing Henley Cover)
Do you have to be a rapper to look sweet enough to lick? Tennessee rock band Framing Henley thinks it’s more metaphorical. This is a seriously emo version of the 2008 smash. Special shout out to that talk-box guitar work, and how about the writing on this house party scene? Take us back to simpler times, for real.